CLASS NOTES 1969
Charles Pharris was named Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer for 2005 by the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. The award recog- nizes ethical, personal and professional conduct. He is a shareholder with the firm of Keleher & McLeod, which he joined in 1970. His practice focuses on tort and commercial litigation.
1972 Briggs Cheney received a Zia Award from the UNM Alumni Association for service to the New Mexico community. For the past 11 years, he has served as counsel for the Albuquerque firm of Sheehan, Sheehan & Stelzner. A media- tor and arbitrator, he focuses on insurance de- fense, commercial litigation, complex cases and mass tort litigation.
1973 Lorenzo Garcia was named outstanding judge at the Albuquerque Bar Association’s annual meeting in December. He is a federal magistrate in Albuquerque.
Patricia Madrid received the annual Judiciary Award from the Hispanic National Bar Asso- ciation for her work in her capacity as attorney general of New Mexico.
1978 Jimmie Reyna is president-elect of the Hispan- ic National Bar Associa- tion. He is a shareholder in the Williams Mullen law firm’s Washington, D.C. office and chairs the firm’s International Trade and Customs Practice Group. His legal practice focuses on in- ternational trade policy, international trade regu- lation, international business and commerce, export controls and customs.
1984 Julie Altwies has been appointed a judge on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. She has been a prosecutor for 18 years, most recently in the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. From 1988-2004, she worked in the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office, ultimately as violent crimes supervisor. She has been named prosecutor of the year by the New Mexico Dis- trict Attorney’s Association.
Jack Clarke Honored for Labor Work Jack Clarke has been inducted as a fellow in the College of Labor and
Employment Lawyers, which represents the highest peer recognition of sus- tained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. The college was established in 1995 as an initia- tive of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association to recognize leaders in the field and emphasize the importance of all aspects of labor and employment law. Clarke is a full-time arbitrator and mediator in Montgomery, Ala. He
was the principal draftsperson for the Alabama Code of Ethics for Media- tors and serves on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Alabama State Bar. In 2002, the Alabama State Bar presented him with its Outstanding Service Award. Following graduation from the UNM School of Law in 1971, he joined the faculty of the
University of Alabama law school. In 1976, he left for private practice in Northport, Ala., until 1981, when he established an arbitration/mediation practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He moved his practice to Montgomery in 1994. Clarke is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and in 1988 was presented the Whitney North Seymour, Sr. Arbitration Medal by the American Arbitration Association.
Andrew Schultz has been elected president of the district of New Mexico for the Federal Bar Association. He is managing director of Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb and practices in the areas of class action, civil rights litigation and complex procedural and appellate work.
1985 Kay Bratton has become a partner in the New Mexico firm of Cuddy, Kennedy, Albetta & Ives. She focuses her practice on litigation, ad- ministrative proceedings and appeals, public and private education and tort law in the Albu- querque office.
Placido Gomez has been named vice president of academic and student affairs at New Mexico Highlands University. He has spent a career in legal education, with his most recent position as professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.
1986 Martin Holland has been promoted to Briga- dier General in the New Mexico Air National Guard. He is chief of the Joint Staff for the Guard. He is president of Holland Law, an Albuquerque firm, and concentrates on busi- ness law. He served seven years in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot before pursuing a career in law.
Sandra Rotruck has joined the firm of Atkin- son & Kelsey, where she practices divorce and family law.
1987 Michelle Lujan Grisham received a Zia Award from the UNM Alumni Association for service to the New Mexico community. She is cabinet secretary of the state Department of Health, the largest department in state government. She also has served in other state agencies, including the state Aging and Long-term Services Depart- ment and was director of the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program.
Alan Varela has been listed among the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine. He is director of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration and recently served as president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Monica Zamora has been appointed a judge in the children’s division of the Second Judicial District.
1990 Ousama Rasheed and Roger Smith (`92) re- ceived the cooperating attorney award from the American Civil Liberties Union at its annual Bill of Rights dinner in December. They were honored for their work stopping an Albuquer-
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